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Holliday wants to play for the New York Yankees

Oct 22, 2009, 9:15 AM EDT

SI’s Jon Heyman hears from one of Matt Holliday’s friends that Holliday has the Yankees at the top of his list.

Which is interesting.  On the one hand, Holliday thrived in (a) the N.L.; and (b) in small markets, and there is this sense out there, justified or not, that he’s not the sort of player you could just plug into New York and expect him to shine.  On the other hand, the Yankees (a) will have an opening in left field if they let Damon walk and Holliday would fit it well; and (b) they almost always always always go after the top free agent in a given year.  As Heyman himself notes, the last time they didn’t do that was when Carlos Beltran was dangling in the winter of 2004-05.

Heyman handicaps the Holliday field as well, and I more or less agree with his comments on all of the contenders.  Not sure if it’s a ranking or just a listing, but if it’s a ranking he has the Dodgers way too high at number 2, because I really can’t see Manny not exercising his option.  The Braves at number 8 are an intriguing option, simply because they fit what seems like the Holliday mold (N.L., less-intense market) and because they have a glaring need and the ability to spend a little money, assuming they don’t sign Hudson or if they manage to somehow trade off Derek Lowe.

While all of that is interesting, I’m trying to figure out how that sourcing for this story works from a practical angle.  Does Heyman stalk Holliday, figure out who his friends are and then secretly get quotes from them without Holliday’s knowledge, or does Holliday and/or his agent orchestrate this, putting a “friend” with Heyman so it doesn’t look like Holliday is out lobbying the Yankees directly?  Probably doesn’t matter, but I’m going to assume that this is Holliday and his people planting this in an effort to dispel the notion that Holliday is an N.L. only, small market-only kind of guy, and to make the Yankees a credible bargaining tool as he enters the market.

  1. Craig Calcaterra - Oct 22, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    I wrote a post about that on Tuesday, ofus. Conflict of interest in my view.

  2. ofus - Oct 22, 2009 at 1:38 PM

    well, we turned over our government to the PACs and the lobbyists, our military over to the defence contractors, and our economy to Wall St. might as well sub-contract out our favorite sport to another personal agenda driven manipulator.

  3. Talex - Oct 22, 2009 at 2:08 PM

    This is just a Scott Boras rerun over and over ploy. Everytime one of his cash cows becames a free agents he tries to link them to the Yankees simply to drive the price up on everyone else. The next thing you’ll hear from Boras on Holiday is that he is a $200 million dollar contract player.
    Regarding the dimwits who say baseball is over if the Yankees get Holiday: the Yankees have had the highest payroll over the past decade and have not won a thing. Last year they cut millions upon millions of driftwood in Giambi ($23 million), Messina ($12 million), Carl Pavano ($10 million), Bobby Abreu ($16 million)LaTroy Hawkins, Kyle Farnsworth, Sidney Ponson, Ivan Rodriguez, Richie Sexton, , etc. Reworked Andy Pettitte’s contract; and they spent $18 million on Texiera, $20 million on Sabathia, and $16 million on Burnett. The spent less on the 3 new players then they took off their payroll. So stop whining like little babies.
    The Yankees would take Jason Bay over Holiday, because Cashman knows Bay has ice in his veins and Holiday is milk toast. He talked to a lot of people before he brought in last year’s group of players, it worked perfect and proved to be true, and he’ll do it again this off season. If the Yankees have a choice they’ll take Bay over Holiday any day.
    Also, keep in mind they have Matsui ($12 million), Damon ($13 million), Xavier Nady ($7 million), and Jose Moline ($2 million) coming off their payroll this off-season. They’ll bring in a leftfielder and/or a starter or 8th inning reliever depending upon whether they put both Chamberlain and Hughes in the starting rotation or only one of them starting.

  4. jaymen - Oct 22, 2009 at 2:25 PM

    don’t wnat him, don’t need him. The Yanks will re-sign Damon to a 2 yr deal, with an option for the third year… Bank on it.

  5. scatterbrian - Oct 22, 2009 at 2:31 PM

    @Ed Ott:
    You cannot be serious, can you? The Red Sox have been in the playoffs six of the last seven years and won two world championships. Have you already become that spoiled?

  6. Tony A - Oct 22, 2009 at 2:45 PM

    NAILED IT!

  7. Cru11 - Oct 22, 2009 at 2:51 PM

    Thank you Rich!! Couldn’t have said it better!

  8. CONCRETE JUNGLE - Oct 22, 2009 at 4:04 PM

    Wrong Craig, Manny came to New York from the Dominican
    as a Teenager and attended Washington Heights…..
    alejandro gonzalez, you are a JERK ……..

  9. CONCRETE JUNGLE - Oct 22, 2009 at 4:07 PM

    YEAH, THE HALL OF FAME……
    MANNYWOOD…………..

  10. CONCRETE JUNGLE - Oct 22, 2009 at 4:07 PM

    YEAH, THE HALL OF FAME……
    MANNYWOOD…………..

  11. CONCRETE JUNGLE - Oct 22, 2009 at 4:15 PM

    FORGET HOLIDAY, X-MAN , DAMON WILL BE BACK, MATSUI MAY HAVE TO WALK,
    HIS KNEE IS BAD.
    EVERY PLAYER WANT’S TO PLAY IN NEW YORK, IF THEY SAY THEY DON’T, IT’S A LIE AND THEY DIDN’T RECEIVE A OFFER, PEDRO WAS WAITING FOR THE YANKEES BUT DIDN’T GET A OFFER SO HE SIGNED WITH NEW YORK METS.
    ALSO, AFTER A TEAMS GENERAL MANGER REALIZES AT THE ALL STAR GAME THEY CAN’T WIN THEY CALL THE YANKEES TO DUMP SALARY, SO THE YANKEES
    CAN PICK UP WHAT THEY NEED FOR THE STRETCH RUN, THEN THE TEAMS FANS START HATING ON NEW YORK, OH WELL THE WORLD SERIES TROPHY WILL BE BACK WHERE IT BELONGS , NEW YORK, THEY WILL HAVE TO SCRUB IT HARD TTO CLEAN HER UP, THOSE DIRTY PHILADELPHIANS HAD THEIR PAWS ALL OVER IT.
    BUH BYE

  12. comnsnse - Oct 22, 2009 at 4:27 PM

    When will it end? The never ending nonsense that the Yankees will destroy baseball because they have the dollars to do so.The Yankees have not won a pennant since 2003 nor a World Series since 2000.What has their money purchased them until this year.In addition,the Angels,Red Sox and other teams were all in on the Sabbathia,Teixiera,Burnett sweeps.None of this is relevant of course because the Yankees and other bigger market teams that control their over air rights must spend the money! The Yankees have created a 3.5 billion dollar business,which is solely dependent on putting a team on the field that can compete for championships every year.200mm.per year is a very acceptable labor cost to support a 3.5 billion dollar business.Baseball is the only sport that follows the precepts of genuine capitalism.So if your looking for a sport that practises socialism try the NFL where teams can be deadbeats for years but ownership still makes a fortune! Overexpansion is the problem in professional sports,reduce the number of teams and you will rapidly see a more competitive balance.

  13. Hannah Wolfing - Mar 5, 2010 at 6:47 PM

    Here’s a site similar to elance.com but aimed at multi-year ouitsourcing contracts. OutsourcerMasrketplace.com

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